Japanese soccer player best known as a veteran of the Japanese national team and a standout player for clubs like Nagoya Grampus. He won the Japanese Super Cup title with Nagoya Grampus in 2011.
He spent five years of his childhood in Brazil.
He has been the top scorer at tournaments like the 2009 Summer Universiade and the 2010 Asian Games.
His parents owned a business in Ipatinga.
He and Yuichi Komano have both represented Japan at the Olympic Games.